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Events at the Mechanics' Institute

Book Group Meetings - First Wednesday Mystery Group
Wednesday, April 01, 2015 - 5:30pm

The Brass Verdict

by Michael Connelly

In this fast-moving novel by "the best mystery writer in the world" (GQ), Connelly's two series heroes meet and grudgingly collaborate: LAPD detective Harry Bosch and LA criminal-defense lawyer Mickey Haller. The Brass Verdict is the sequel to narrator Haller's courtroom-drama debut in The Lincoln Lawyer (also a film starring Matthew McConaughey).

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Meet the Author(s)
Wednesday, April 01, 2015 - 6:00pm

ZYZZYVA, Litquake, and the Mechanics' Institute Present: A Night of All-Star Poetry

An evening with Matthew Zapruder, Brynn Saito, Dean Rader, Robin Ekiss, and Jane Hirshfield

Matthew Zapruder, Brynn Saito, Dean Rader, Robin Ekiss, and special guest Jane Hirshfield read their work in a not-to-be-missed celebration kicking off National Poetry Month. This is a rare occasion to hear the work of some of the country's finest poets, all gathered for one evening.

Mechanics' Institute Members Free
Zyzzyva Subscribers Free
Litquake Best-sellers Free
Public $15

CinemaLit Films
Friday, April 03, 2015 - 6:00pm

Life and Nothing But (1989)

April 2015: Between the Wars

A French officer tasked with identifying the dead and a Parisian looking for her missing husband cross paths in 1920.

Members of Mechanics' Institute Free
Members of Humanities West Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

First Tuesday TED Talk
Tuesday, April 07, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

1st Tuesday TED Talk Discussion

Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work

Come watch this pre-recorded TED video in which Shawn Achor talks about the happy secret to better work.

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Classes
Thursday, April 09, 2015 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Investment Information on the Web

Learn how to access free and authoritative investment information focused on publicly traded companies, covering stocks, mutual funds, and industry surveys.

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Book Group Meetings - Forgotten Classics
Thursday, April 09, 2015 - 6:00pm

Tristram Shandy

Laurence Sterne

No one description will fit this strange, eccentric, endlessly complex masterpiece. It is a fiction about fiction-writing in which the invented world is as much infused with wit and genius as the theme of inventing it. It is a joyful celebration of the infinite possibilities of the art of fiction, and a wry demonstration of its limitations.

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Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, April 09, 2015 - 6:00pm

Frank Lloyd Wright on the West Coast

An evening with author Mark Anthony Wilson

Between 1909 and 1959, Frank Lloyd Wright designed a total of 36 structures on 28 sites along the West Coast, from Southern California to Seattle. Other than the Main County Civic Center and the Hollyhock House in Los Angeles, most of these buildings are not known to the general public. Architectural historian Mark A. Wilson covers these little known buildings and more in his new book Frank Lloyd Wright on the West Coast.

Members Free
Public $15

CinemaLit Films
Friday, April 10, 2015 - 6:00pm

Grand Hotel (1932)

April 2015: Between the Wars

Romance, larceny, and self-pity drive the denizens of a luxurious Berlin hotel in this classic soap opera.

Members of Mechanics' Institute Free
Members of Humanities West Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Book Group Meetings - Brown Bag Mystery Readers
Monday, April 13, 2015 - 12:00pm

Japantown

by Barry Lancet

"San Francisco antiques dealer Jim Brodie recently inherited a stake in his father's Tokyo-based private investigation firm, which means the single father of six-year-old Jenny is living a busy intercontinental life, traveling to Japan to acquire art and artifacts for his store and consulting on Brodie Security's caseload at home and abroad. One night, an entire family is gunned down in San Francisco's bustling Japantown neighborhood, and Brodie is called on by the SFPD to decipher the lone clue left at the crime scene: a unique Japanese character printed on a slip of paper drenched in blood"--Dust jacket flap.

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Activities
Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 6:00pm

Before the PPIE – The Mechanics’ Institute and the Development of San Francisco’s “Fair Culture” (1857–1909)

With Mechanics' Institute librarian Taryn Edwards

A lecture and slideshow with Mechanics' Institute librarian/historian Taryn Edwards.

Members Free
Public $15

CinemaLit Films
Friday, April 17, 2015 - 6:00pm

The Crowd (1928)

April 2015: Between the Wars

This silent masterpiece follows an ordinary man, from the optimism of his boyhood in the 1900s to the often harsh reality of adulthood in the 1920s.

Members of Mechanics' Institute Free
Members of Humanities West Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Activities
Monday, April 20, 2015 - 6:00pm

Proust + Vermeer

A film by Richard Voorhees

Join us for the world premiere of the English version of Proust + Vermeer, a thirty minute film celebrating the exquisite Dutch painter, cast in the timeless words of Marcel Proust.

Members Free
Public $15

Meet the Author(s)
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 12:30pm

Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen (W.W. Norton)

Author Mary Norris in conversation with Constance Hale

In this hilarious biography Norris describes her ascendance into the stratosphere of literary correctness from lowly collator to crowning copy editor of The New Yorker.

Members Free
Public $15

Classes
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Library Downloads Workshop: eBook, eMagazine, eAudiobook

During this workshop, you’ll set up your accounts, check out titles, and get all your questions answered. 

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Classes
Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 10:00am to 11:00am

ValueLine Research Center

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CinemaLit Films
Friday, April 24, 2015 - 6:00pm

The 3 Penny Opera (1931)

April 2015: Between the Wars

Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s Weimar-era musical relates the timeless saga of a charismatic criminal in Victorian London.

Members of Mechanics' Institute Free
Members of Humanities West Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Activities
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 6:00pm

Over There: Journalists and The War Zone

A Panel Discussion Moderated by Adam Hochschild with Elizabeth Farnsworth, Markos Kounalakis, and Mark Danner

How has the role of the journalist and journalism changed over the past 100 years -- and what is the future? This panel examines the role of journalists covering wars from WWI and WWII, through the Vietnam and Iraqi wars, up to our present time.

Members Free
Members of Humanities West Free
Public $15

Book Group Meetings - First Wednesday Mystery Group
Wednesday, May 06, 2015 - 5:30pm

The Wench is Dead

by Colin Dexter

The often irascible Inspector Morse of the Oxford Police never reveals his first name, sometimes scorns official procedure, and always solves the crime. This novel, whose title comes from a Christopher Marlowe play, is a favorite of Morse fans for its unusual structure. Hospitalized and impatient, Morse is given a book about a 19th-century Oxford murder. He quickly realizes the wrong men were hanged for it, and sets out to find the real killer. Publishers' Weekly gives The Wench Is Dead even higher marks than Josephine Tey's The Daughter of Time: "A surprising and inspired solution concludes a jolly good read."

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Classes
Wednesday, May 06, 2015 - 6:00pm

After Six: Chess for Adults

Did you learn how to move the chess pieces as a child? Would you like to learn more? This class is for you!

Members $40
Public $50

Book Group Meetings - Brown Bag Mystery Readers
Monday, May 11, 2015 - 12:00pm

Laura

by Vera Caspary


Laura Hunt was the ideal modern woman: beautiful, elegant, highly ambitious, and utterly mysterious. No man could resist her charms--not even the hardboiled NYPD detective sent to find out who turned her into a faceless corpse. As this tough cop probes the mystery of Laura's death, he becomes obsessed with her strange power. Soon he realizes he's been seduced by a dead woman--or has he?

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Book Group Meetings - First Wednesday Mystery Group
Wednesday, June 03, 2015 - 5:30pm

Pronto

by Elmore Leonard

Known for his roller-coaster plots, colorful settings, and diverse shady characters, Leonard opens this international caper in South Miami Beach. An aging bookie leaves his topless-dancer girlfriend for early retirement when he learns he's about to be the scapegoat in a sting. As he becomes a fugtive in Italy, dodging both the law and the Mafia, the righteous Kentucky-born, cowboy-hatted U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens goes after him.

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Book Group Meetings - Brown Bag Mystery Readers
Monday, June 08, 2015 - 12:00pm

The Family Way

by Rhys Bowen

Molly Murphy--now Molly Sullivan--is a year into her marriage, expecting her first child, and confined to the life of a housewife. She's restless and irritable in the enforced idleness of pregnancy and the heat of a New York summer in 1905. So when a trip to the post office brings a letter addressed to her old detective agency asking her to locate a missing Irish serving maid, Molly figures it couldn't hurt to at least ask around, despite her promise to Daniel to give up her old career as a detective.

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